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Tips for Traveling Light

We have all seen the old movies where travelers have towers of matching bags, trunks and cases with what must be their entire wardrobe along for a trip. However, in this day and age of baggage fees and weight limits on luggage, packing light for a trip is more important than ever. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you pack smart and light.

Keep our helpful and handy tips in mind next time you travel. Another great way to lose the hassle of luggage is to use Bags® VIP luggage delivery service.

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Make a list
If you don’t make a packing list, don’t be surprised when you wake up the morning of an important meeting and realize you left your belt at home. In her book How to Stay Healthy and Fit on the Road, travel guru Joanne V. Lichten advises compiling multiple lists — one for two-day business trips, another for a weeklong vacation and so on. Not only does a packing list help you remember what you need, it can also advise you on what you really don’t need to bring.

Pack a little detergent
Washing your own socks, shirts or underwear can really help save space. For the best results, try washing your stuff in the shower, rolling it into a towel, and then stomping up and down on it to squeeze out the excess water before you hang it to dry.

Repurpose
You can easily cut down on what you bring if you pack some items that can serve two or three purposes. Khakis can be used for casual wear or for dinner, and wrap dresses make excellent all-purpose travel garments for casual and dressier occasions.

Limit toiletries
When in doubt, smaller is better. Don’t waste space on full size bottles of toiletries. Rely on travel-sized containers and hotel toiletries during your trip. You can save space portioning out needed doses of medication and storing them in an inexpensive daily pill organizer.

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Leave the shoes
Each pair of dress shoes adds 1.5 pounds of weight to your luggage, and that can add up fast. Try to limit yourself to two pairs of shoes, not including the ones you wear on the plane. For men, multipurpose brown dress shoes and a pair of running sneakers should be enough to handle most situations you will come across during your travels. Women should pack a pair of versatile, comfortable ballet flats.

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The Best Toddler Suitcases

Whether as a carry-on or for suitcase delivery to baggage claim upon your flight's arrival, these toddler friendly suitcases should make traveling with your little one easier.

Pottery Barn Kids’ Fairfax Luggage is chic enough for adults too.

I recently flew with my 18-month-old for the first time and it was an interesting experience. London loved speeding up on the runway and taking off, but then she was instantly bored once we reached cruising altitude. After exhausting all the books, toys, and squeezable applesauce packs I managed to bring, she sat on the floor and pulled everything out of our carry-on. And screamed. So…fun.

If I were a more organized mom, I would have packed one of these adorable kid-friendly bags.

Pottery Barn Kids Fairfax Luggage
Preppy stripes are always stylish. And this PB Kids suitcase is made with durable fabric that stands up to kid wear and tear. Roomy pockets, an easy-grip handle, wheels for fast transport and a spacious interior make packing and travel a snap. Plus, you can personalize it with a name or monogram. >> Get it here

Whether as a carry-on or for suitcase delivery to baggage claim upon your flight's arrival, these toddler friendly suitcases should make traveling with your little one easier.

The Govinci is a suitcase and art space in one.

Govinci Eva Hard Back Kids Backpack Trolley
This all-in-one suitcase doubles as a drawing table and mobile art display, and provides ample storage for on-the-go essentials. The telescopic handle makes moving through airport lines easy. >> Get it here

Whether as a carry-on or for suitcase delivery to baggage claim upon your flight's arrival, these toddler friendly suitcases should make traveling with your little one easier.

Kids can bring a favorite toy along for the ride with this suitcase from Cabin Max.

Cabin Max Bear Children’s Luggage Carry on Trolley Suitcase
While, sadly, the teddy bear is not included, your little one can tote a favorite stuffed animal or doll along for the ride. The bag also features an external side pocket and bottle holder. An internal pocket makes for easy organization. This water-resistant suitcase is available in a variety of bright, kid-friendly colors. >> Get it here

Trunki Suitcase
Keeping kids entertained at the airport is key to traveling happy. Trunki does the trick. This ride-along suitcase has a four-gallon capacity so packing clothes and toys is a breeze. Made from sturdy but lightweight plastic, kids can ride on their own or get pulled through the terminal by mom and dad. >> Get it here

Whether as a carry-on or for suitcase delivery to baggage claim upon your flight's arrival, these toddler friendly suitcases should make traveling with your little one easier.

Kids can ride on their Trunki, which makes airport waiting time easier on parents.

Skip Hop Zoo Luggage
Skip Hop’s Zoo collection features bright, modern designs that appeal to kids and parents. I’m partial to the dog, but the ladybug, bumblebee, monkey and owl are all cute. There’s a useful shoulder strap for carrying when your young traveler tires of wheeling the case. Plus they coordinate with Skip Hop backpacks, lunch bags, tableware and more. >> Get it here

Whether you use them as a carry-on or for suitcase delivery to baggage claim upon your flight’s arrival, these bags should make traveling with your little a little more enjoyable.

Whether as a carry-on or for suitcase delivery to baggage claim upon your flight's arrival, these toddler friendly suitcases should make traveling with your little one easier.

Skip Hop’s Zoo collection comes in an array of adorable options.

Tips for Airport Travel – Including Stress-Free Luggage Delivery

Helpful airport tips you can follow in order to ease the headaches of travel, including using Bags VIP luggage delivery service.

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Vacations can be a wonderful, relaxing experience. A way to break from the mundane and hectic lives we live and just enjoy doing nothing. However, all too often these intended breaks from the trials and tribulations of life begin in one of the most stress-infused places in the world – the airport. While handling airport bureaucracy many times puts a dark cloud over family vacations or trips, there are some ways to alleviate the headaches and begin your escape on the right side of the terminal.

Before you Arrive:
One of the first things you should do when planning a flight is also one of the most overlooked – know where you’re going! Never underestimate the value of knowing the best way to get to the airport and where you need to go once you’re there. This can save tons of time and stress on your trip right from the start. Having your boarding pass printed ahead of time is also a great time saver when traveling by plane. Have yours on you when you arrive, either printed or saved to your mobile device, to avoid waiting to have it printed at the airport. Finally, make sure to arrive at least an hour before your flight – this ensures you don’t have to rush around at the last minute and allows for the inevitable delays that come with any trip.

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At Security:
Getting through security at the airport is always a hassle, but there are a few easy ways to make it as painless as possible. Pack your bags properly. This means pack neatly, avoiding liquids in your luggage, and packing all coats and jackets in checked bags. Be prepared for the screening process by removing metal items and shoes ahead of time. Finally, make sure to have your boarding pass and identification ready when you approach security.

At the Gate:
So you made it through check-in, passed security and are finally at your gate. While this seems like the easiest part of the airport experience, it can in fact be the most annoying. Combat potential delays with reading materials to keep you busy. Bring crossword or other puzzles to occupy yourself. In this day and age, most people rely on their phones for entertainment, so make sure to have your phone charger handy, and even consider bringing an outlet splitter just in case others are similarly relocated to the often sparse terminal outlets.

On the Plane:
One you finally take your seat, there are just a few more things to keep in mind. Keep some gum handy during take-off and landing to help relieve pressure aches. Make sure those reading materials are handy and your phone is on airplane mode. And the number one thing to make sure you have from start to finish of your airport adventure – patience. Take a deep breath and keep your cool to make the entire experience less frustrating and get where you’re going with less stress.

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What NOT to Pack in Your Checked Luggage

Reduce the likelihood that your bags will need to be searched and avoid delays or damage to your personal belongings. Or use Bags VIP luggage delivery services and skip the wait at baggage claim.

Pack jewelry cases like these, found on Etsy, in your carry-on, not in your checked luggage.

Most people who travel understand what they can and can’t take with them in a carry-on bag. No sharp items. Liquids under 3 ounces. Generally nothing suspicious. But fewer people know what they can and cannot put in their checked luggage.

Checked baggage is luggage you check in at the ticket counter or at a Bags Remote airline Check-In desk. It will not be accessible during your flight.

TSA is mandated by federal law to screen 100% of checked baggage. Again, most people have the common sense to avoid packing dangerous items, but TSA has some additional packing tips to help you avoid checked luggage delivery delays or damage to your items if your bag needs to be searched.

  • DO NOT pack jewelry, cash, computers, electronics, or fragile items in your checked baggage.
  • Pack shoes, boots, sneakers, and other footwear on top of other contents in your luggage.
  • AVOID over-packing your bag so that your articles do not spill onto the ground if the bag is opened for inspection and the screener will be able to easily close it.
  • AVOID packing food and drink items in checked baggage.
  • DO NOT stack piles of books or documents on top of each other; spread them out within your baggage.
  • Reduce the likelihood that your bags will need to be searched and avoid delays or damage to your personal belongings. Or use Bags VIP luggage delivery services and skip the wait at baggage claim.

    Don’t check wrapped gifts…they might be opened by TSA screeners. Image courtesy Flickr user Pete.

    DO NOT pack or bring prohibited items to the airport.

  • Place personal items such as toiletries, toothbrushes etc., in clear plastic bags to reduce the chance that a TSA screener will have to handle them.
  • DO NOT pack wrapped gifts. They may need to be opened for inspection.

By following these guidelines, you can reduce the likelihood that your bags will need to be searched and avoid any delays or damage to your personal belongings.

Reduce the likelihood that your bags will need to be searched and avoid delays or damage to your personal belongings. Or use Bags VIP luggage delivery services and skip the wait at baggage claim.

Bags VIP luggage delivery lets you skip baggage claim.

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Avoid Excess Baggage Woes When Traveling to LAX

Big things are happening at Los Angeles International Airport. LAX is in the midst of a multi-billion dollar development program focused on sustainability initiatives that will promote energy efficiency and work to lessen environmental impact. To make the airport easy to navigate amidst all these changes, a series of LAX construction videos provide parking alternatives and tips on avoiding the busiest airport times. If you’re traveling through LAX and want to avoid excess baggage woes, consider using our Bags VIP luggage delivery service.

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What’s New and Exciting at LAX

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Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger airliner, at LAX. Image courtesy Flickr user Prayitno Photography.

The new Tom Bradley International Terminal opened last September, and features new retail, dining, and gate areas. Other recently completed projects include the renovation of Terminal 6 and major airfield improvements designed to accommodate the new large aircraft that many airlines are now flying into LAX, aircraft like the Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger airliner.

Major renovations and infrastructure upgrades will take place in all of the other terminals, the centerpiece of which will be a seven-story “Great Hall” with soaring windows for natural lighting and an artistic aluminum roof.

Tips for Traveling with Excess Baggage

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Use Bags VIP for Spring Break Travel & Avoid Hassles of Shipping Luggage

Bags VIP luggage delivery allows you and our family to bypass baggage claim and begin making the most of your spring break vacation the moment you step off the plane – without the burden of luggage and without the hassles of shipping luggage or shipping golf clubs.

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Traveling during vacation seasons can be stressful and difficult in itself, but when you throw large crowds into the mix it can turn into a nightmare. During spring break, airports are packed and tensions run high. Bags VIP luggage delivery service can take care of your luggage so that, at the end of a long flight, you can skip baggage claim and we’ll deliver your bags to your destination. Bags VIP is always working to Make Travel Easier for you… even in during one of the most popular times to take a trip.

Whether its to the sunny beaches of the south or ski slopes in the north, we can help you make the most of your spring break plans.

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When your flight arrives, trusted Bags VIP agents retrieve your luggage from baggage claim and deliver it to the address of your choice, within 100 miles of your spring break destination airport. Along the way, you will receive email updates on delivery status and have access to 24/7 customer service and support.

Bags VIP luggage delivery allows you and our family to bypass baggage claim and begin making the most of your spring break vacation the moment you step off the plane – without the burden of luggage and without the hassles of shipping luggage or shipping golf clubs.For assistance or questions regarding Bags VIP, please:

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Choosing the Right Cruise for You!

Planning your first cruise can be a daunting and overwhelming task. Many people assume that all cruises are the same, except for their destinations. However, there can be much more important factors that determine the success of your vacation than just where you’re going. Are you traveling with a group or as a single? Are you looking for adventure or relaxation? Traveling on a budget? Taking these ideas into consideration can be the difference between making and breaking your trip. Don’t bother shipping luggage! With Bags VIP, we can deliver your bags right to your cabin.

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Traveling on a budget: Carnival Cruise Line

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Carnival favors affordable, three to seven night excursions to lengthy and expensive trips. With popular destinations in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Mexico, you can have an exotic vacation without breaking the bank. With some careful planning and timing, a Carnival cruise can cost you as little as $50 per person per night. In an effort to save you money, Carnival features simple cabins and does not go overboard with extra cost venues on board. For budget rates, avoid holiday periods, especially school vacations, and consider an Early Saver rate, which could knock 20 percent off the price simply by putting a $50 down payment on your trip.

Traveling with Teens: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

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Every parent knows older kids can be hard to please. They need exciting activities, and lots of them. Royal Caribbean has them. Depending on the ship, your teens can enjoy a bottomless well of energy with rock-climbing walls, zip-lines, ice- and inline-skating, surf simulators, a boxing ring, and basketball and volleyball courts. Onboard youth programs divide kids up by ages in order to provide the most age appropriate entertainment, while still making them feel like adults. With amenities like a Generation Y Spa designed especially for younger generations and their adolescent needs, a teens only “casino,” backstage ship tours, and a no grown-ups allowed club where they can dance, drink “mocktails,” and interact with new friends while parents enjoy their own time.

 

Traveling with Families & Children: Disney Cruise Line

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Disney is unique in the cruise industry in that it caters to the needs of the youngest travelers; babies and toddlers. While most ships only allow children six or twelve months old, Disney will accept tots as young as 3 months old. They provide nurseries for little ones up to 3 years old with water play areas just for them. The ships also feature signature Disney characters like Mickey, Goofy and the Princesses who interact with the youngsters during breakfast, tea times and meet-and-greets. With huge play areas designed after their favorite Disney and Pixar movies, lots of high-tech games, and interactive and educational programming, your little ones will never be short on things to do. Cabins and dining establishments are tailored for families, taking into account the practical needs like split bathrooms with tub/shower combos, and the magical wants like restaurants with fairy tale décor.

Mature cruisers: Holland America Line

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With all of today’s loud and crowded ships, some older cruisers may feel out of place on their vacation. Holland America Line offers quiet, relaxing pleasures like a Culinary Arts Center, which focuses on cooking demos, tastings and shore side market tours led by top chefs. You can go on a self-guided art tour on board the ship, or visit the Explorations Café with a library and visiting lecturers speaking on art, history and a variety of other topics. For those wishing to stay active on their vacation, you can enjoy amenities such as a golf putting green, yoga and tennis. Under the brand’s Signatures of Excellence initiative, the line is expanding their ships’ enrichment programs and renovating the public areas and staterooms with comforts such as the Mariner Dream bed and high quality cotton linens.

For singles: Norwegian Cruise Line

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In 2010, Norwegian Epic was unveiled featuring 128 Studios, 100-square-foot cabins that are perfect in size and price for parties of one. The ship also offers passengers in this category of cabin a keycard with access to the Living Room, a special lounge with a bar, snacks and activities that facilitate pairing up with fellow single travelers. The ship also offers a plethora of other bars, including the Svedka Ice Bar and Bliss Ultra Lounge, hip entertainment like the Second City improv show and Blue Man Group, and ship wide events such as pub crawls that are perfect for singles, or newly formed couples.

Adventurers Seekers: Lindblad Expeditions

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Looking for an out of the ordinary cruise experience? For the adventurous types, Lindblad Expeditions ventures to not so ordinary destinations like the Arctic, Antarctica, Galapagos, Amazon and other less-mainstream cruise destinations. On trips to the arctic, passengers travel aboard an ice-class vessel that plows through icy waters for extraordinary views of polar bears and other arctic wildlife. Its Cape Horn-to-Cape of Good Hope excursion that follows the path of ancient surveyors and circumnavigators. On trips to Antarctica, National Geographic naturalists, marine specialists and photographers live on board, offering insights and information to the passengers. For the most adventurous travelers, the cruise line is equipped with sea kayaks and underwater cameras for close up views. The company also advances sustainable practices and supports many conservation programs in the fragile destinations it visits.

No matter which vacation you choose, we can help make your travels easier. Most cruise lines offer onboard airline check-in services that allow guests to check-in for flights, receive boarding passes, and check luggage all from aboard the ship. Bags VIP luggage delivery service can also be added for additional convenience when guests travel to and from the port. Bags VIP luggage delivery allows you to bypass baggage claim after your flight and begin making the most of your vacation right away, without the burden of luggage. For more information on these services, click here.

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Top 5 Romantic Vacation Destinations

Looking for that perfect vacation destination to share with your loved one on your next trip? Look no further. Below are our top 5 most romantic vacation getaways in the US for you and your special someone. From island paradises to snowy resorts, these places are sure to bring a new spark to your relationship and inspire your romantic side. If you’re planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage – use Bags VIP luggage delivery and start the romance the moment you land.

#5: Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara is a one stop vacation hot spot. Great food. Great shopping. Great culture. One of

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the most affluent parts of California, Santa Barbara offers everything from great historical attractions to world class golf courses, all perfect for a romantic getaway. You and your valentine can enjoy views of beautiful mountains, painted valleys or romantic walks down the city side beach, absorbing the elegance and sophistication not found in many other places.  Be sure that you and your special someone head to the nearby wineries for some of the best wine tastings in the country, and experience the unique and reputable cuisine at any of Santa Barbara’s famed restaurants.

#4: Aspen, Colorado

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If you’re looking for a romantic winter wonderland getaway, look no further than beautiful Aspen Colorado. This gorgeous town set in a picturesque mountain setting is the perfect place for you and your valentine to enjoy each other’s company. Sit close on a ski lift as you pass by the snowcapped mountain peaks or warm up together in a hot tub overlooking the twinkling mountain town. With high-end shopping, fascinating museums, funky galleries and fun festivals, it might be a struggle to make it to the world class ski slopes. No matter how you spend your time here together, it will be a vacation neither of you will soon forget.

#3: Savannah, Georgia

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A visit to this beautiful city decked out in Spanish moss and southern charm is perfect for a romantic getaway. Packed full of lush gardens, parks, and outdoor activities, Savannah practically oozes romance and love. Take an evening stroll in Riverwalk for lively music, fresh seafood, splendid wine stores, and great vistas of the water. At night, Savannah College of Art & Design students mix with ghost hunters and preservationists, while restaurants and restored theaters wait for you and your date to explore the mystery and charm of this romantic city.

#2: Key West, Florida

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Once you and your significant other take a visit to sunny Key West, you will know why Ernest Hemingway chose to never leave the city. Key West is chock full of romance, fun, food and drinks, and is consistently rated one of Americas most romantic escape destinations. Watch the sun set at the southernmost point of the United States, and keep an eye out for the famous “green flash” as the sun disappears behind the watery horizon. Visit the tropical reefs and explore the crystal clear depths with your valentine for an exciting and colorful date. Or, just enjoy the many cafes, bars and parades that permeate the city.

#1: Maui, Hawaii

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Ranked high on Travel & Leisure’s most romantic getaways nearly every year, Maui is just about as romantic as you can get. Book a room at a luxury resort and enjoy the spa, or take a moonlit walk on the beach and gaze at the stars. Its exotic jungles and stunningly gorgeous beaches cap off what will be the perfect vacation spot to experience romance. Go snorkeling in the beautiful waters or take a tour to see some of the islands exotic wildlife and interesting culture. Fall in love all over again at this stunning island paradise.

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Big Travel = Big Business

Are company paid business trips an investment in the future, or just money down the economic drain? Though many organizations write these trips off as regular expenses, a recent report from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) shows evidence that they can be much more. Their research reveals that in-person business trips are actually important investments in the growth of individual businesses, and the global economy as a whole. For example, the report shows that if worldwide business travel were to be cut by 25% for two consecutive years, global GDP would fall 5%, with a resulting loss of 30 million jobs worldwide! The WTTC report, Business Travel – A Catalyst for Economic Performance, also shows that such trips can be very profitable. The report found that travel for business purposes can yield a return on investment of ten to one (or as much as twelve to one in the US). That means a $10,000 return on a $1,000 expense!

So before you decide to cut the budget on your business travel account, check out some more facts from this info graphic below on business travel and remember, big travel can equal big business! If you are traveling, you skip luggage shipping and use Bags VIP Luggage Delivery services to help you make travel easier. Bags VIP agents will retrieve your checked luggage and deliver it to a destination of your choice, freeing you to make the most of your trip.

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Top 5 Travel Myths Debunked

The do’s and don’ts of travel are usually pretty straightforward. Get to the airport early. Put your tray tables up when you land. Don’t lose your passport. However, there are many things we hear about what to do when traveling that seem strange, or even just nonsensical. Below, we will discuss 5 common myths and half truths about what to do or not do when on a trip. Follow these tips and skip the hassle of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery – advice that will make travel easier.

1)    Jet lag is a result of a lack of sleep:

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This is one of the most common myths about traveling by plane. The feeling of jet lag is often attributed to early and late flight times depriving travelers of sleep. The swift changes in time zones can indeed disrupt your daily schedule and make it difficult to sleep during a flight. However, the kind of jet lag that stays with a traveler for several days after a flight has almost nothing to do with the amount of sleep you get on the plane. Jet lag results from changes to your body’s circadian rhythm.  Your circadian rhythm is the internal clock that tells your body when you’re hungry and when to go to the bathroom. It even regulates body temperature and blood pressure. The timing of this natural cycle is impacted significantly by cues your body gets from exposure to daylight.  In different time zones, those daylight cues occur at different times and your body is forced to re-synchronize its patterns. The easiest way to lessen the effects of jet lag is to begin timing your in-flight and pre-flight sleeping and eating patterns with the time zone at your destination.

2)    Last minute deals on booking:

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This is a travel myth that used to be true, and occasionally still can be, but relying on it to be true will cost you money in the modern world of travel. In years past, holding out until the last minute to buy airline tickets could help you get the best prices because airlines would rush to fill their empty seats at any price. Now, with better search engines, record travel levels, and more sold out flights, this cannot be counted upon. According to industry experts, looking for special deals (usually four to eight weeks before the flight) is the best option for saving some money when booking a flight. Once in a while you can still find a deal at the last minute, but those deals are becoming fewer and farther between.

3)     Your cellphone could crash the plane:

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“Please power down all electronic devices.” Ever heard this before? Since as far back as 1990, the use of cell phones on flights has been banned for fear that they would interfere with the planes’ instruments and cause accidents. Though the ban is still in effect, a study done by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2006 could not find a correlation between phone use and flight accidents. However, they were also unable to prove conclusively that phones did not lead to accidents and the ban has remained in effect.  So, is it a myth or not?  The trend seems to be toward agreement that this is in fact a myth. Today, more and more airlines are allowing in flight calls and access to mobile devices, with no reports of them having caused accidents to date

4)    Guided tours are inauthentic:

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Many people feel that guided tours are a superficial and “touristy” experience. They would rather have the experience of independently exploring a new city, to get a real feeling of having been somewhere new. However, well organized tours with an informed guide can enhance the experience of a new place, and provide knowledge and insights you may miss if exploring by yourself. A good local tour guide can shed light on which places you should visit, which you should avoid, and can provide an experience that is unavailable to the independent traveler.

5)    The airline will lose your luggage:

Lots of people worry about leaving their bags at the check-in desk and never getting them back.Follow these tips and skip the hassle of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery - advice that will make travel easier. In reality, only between one and two percent of luggage that is checked gets “lost.” Also, most of the luggage in that statistic is really only delayed, not lost, and gets returned to the owner within a matter of hours, or days in the worst cases. A bag actually getting lost is quite rare. You can help reduce any chance of your luggage being lost by checking it early, and including contact information on your suitcase. Be sure to clearly display your email address as well as your physical one.

So next time you decide to travel, make sure you know fact from fiction, so you can make the most of your trip. Have a myth of your own? Share it with us!